Why Safe Harbors Can Be Risky Business  

Created: November 21, 2019

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Description: Use this 922-word article to remind clients and explain to prospective clients how to balance managing short-term market volatility risks with the long-term risk of inflation. It’s also risky to overweight a portfolio in "safe harbor" investments, and/or flee to the sidelines during turbulent times, just in a different way.

You, Your Financial Well-Being and the Federal Reserve (UPDATED)  

Created: August 1, 2019

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Description: UPDATED FROM MARCH 2018: This 1,200-word piece puts the U.S. Federal Reserve's ongoing federal funds rate changes (especially the Aug. 1 2019 rate decrease) into sound, financial-planning context. Use this piece to inform prospects or clients about how the Fed operates, as well as what your role is in helping them manage debt, save, invest, and spend wisely through various interest rate climates and regardless of what lies ahead.

What Is the Yield Curve? (Article)  

Created: August 24, 2018

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Description: This 900-word "What Is?" article translates a tricky investment concept -- the yield curve -- to help clients and prospects alike appreciate the role it plays in their fixed income investing. (Look for the separate, Excel spreadsheet also available in the Content-Sharing Library if you need to directly access the Yield Curve diagrams displayed in this piece.)

What Is the Yield Curve? (Diagrams)  

Created: August 24, 2018

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Description: An Excel file containing two diagrams -- Figures 1 and 2 -- found within the separate "What Is the Yield Curve?" article, also in the Content-Sharing Library. Download this Excel file if you need to directly access the Yield Curve diagrams displayed in this piece.

A Focus on Fixed Income (UPDATED)  

Created: April 27, 2018

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Description: UPDATED FROM SEPTEMBER 2015: This 1,275-word article covers the essential roles fixed income should play in an investor's portfolio, along with some of the basics on how fixed income differs from equity investing. It also reinforces the important role an objective advisor can play in building and managing fixed income investments. Use the piece for e-newsletters, e-mails, handouts and mailings, or to create video script for prospective or existing clients.

Structured CDs — Buyer Beware!  

Created: September 26, 2016

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Description: This 650-word article describes how structured or market-based CDs aren't the same as traditional Certificates of Deposit, drawing from a recent Wall Street Journal critique of their costs and conflicts of interest. Share with clients or prospects who may be tempted by the "low risk, higher return" promises without considering the complexities involved.

Fixed Income Investing: What To Do in Lieu of Chasing Yield  

Created: May 4, 2016

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Description: As follow-up to the Library's "Investing for Retirement Income" series, this 1,250-word piece explores how investors can optimize their fixed income investing without stretching for junk bond or dividend yields. It covers the role of the yield curve, laddering, using CDs/GICs, managing costs, revisiting asset allocations and (last but not least!) working with an experienced advisor to assist in all of these areas. Use this piece to help prospective and current clients better understand fixed income investing. It also will help explain why your advisor fees are the same when managing fixed income or equities. Managed properly, they both require significant care and expertise.

Investing for Retirement Income: Part 3 — Total-Return Investing  

Created: March 15, 2016

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Description: In this three-part series, we’ll explore three ways investors try to prevent low interest rates from consuming their retirement income: dividend-yielding stocks, high-yield bonds and total-return investing. Part 1 covered the disadvantages of using dividend-yielding stocks for this role. Part 2 explored the same for high-yield bonds. This Part 3 explains how to use total-return investing for retirement planning (with a low-cost, globally diversified portfolio tailored for individual goals and risk tolerances). Use the series to communicate these messages to clients and prospects alike.

Investing for Retirement Income: Part 2 — High-Yield Bonds  

Created: March 6, 2016

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Description: In this three-part series, we’ll explore three ways investors try to prevent low interest rates from consuming their retirement income: dividend-yielding stocks, high-yield bonds and total-return investing. Part 1 covered the disadvantages of using dividend-yielding stocks for this role. Part 2 explores the same for high-yield bonds. Part 3 will explain how to use total-return investing for retirement planning (with a low-cost, globally diversified portfolio tailored for individual goals and risk tolerances). Use the series to communicate these messages to clients and prospects alike.

Investing for Retirement Income: Part 1 – Dividend-Yielding Stocks  

Created: February 25, 2016

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Description: In this three-part series, we’ll explore three ways investors try to prevent low interest rates from consuming their retirement income: dividend-yielding stocks, high-yield bonds and total-return investing. Part 1 covers the disadvantages of using dividend-yielding stocks for this role. Part 2 will explore the same for high-yield bonds. Part 3 will explain how to use total-return investing for retirement planning (with a low-cost, globally diversified portfolio tailored for individual goals and risk tolerances). Use the series to communicate these messages to clients and prospects alike.

Making Sense of Fixed Income  

Created: July 18, 2013

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Description: The article briefly describes the current (July 2013) market, in which many investors are panicking and selling off their bond funds, and informs readers that you recommend against succumbing to that trend. It offers four “Guiding Rules” to explain a preferred strategy: (1) The importance of investing according to a personalized plan; (2) An overview of the role fixed income plays; (3) Possible actions that may be appropriate (such as portfolio analysis of non-managed assets, risk-tolerance assessment, and rebalancing opportunities); and (4) The critical importance of staying the course.

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